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Our Commitment is to: 

  • Engage the ITAC Board of Directors and their organizations to actively assist in driving visible and meaningful action around workplace diversity.
  • Survey, monitor and share the diversity performance of those organizations within our constituency.
  • Support governmental and stakeholder groups that target workplace diversity as a priority.
  • Actively participate in federal/provincial/territorial forums.
  • Showcase successful female business leaders and share their learnings, advice and guidance with our members.
  • Provide a forum for members to share best practices for making female leaders successful.
  • Leverage the strengths of ITAC Talent and associated stakeholders to ensure the best programs targeting young women receive the greatest support.

ITAC’s action plan, through its Diversity Advisory Committee, is implemented through four streams:  Board Management, Women in Leadership, Female Entrepreneurship and Influencing the Pipeline.

 

“Given the faster pace at which business and organizations are evolving, and the impact of competition from non-traditional sources, creating a diverse board becomes even more important today. We know that more diverse board members challenge each other with different points of view which bring new and important perspectives to the organization. This richer discussion and engagement amongst board members often results in better decisions that affect their company’s results rather than boards with a narrower, more homogeneous membership. Broader debate gives fuller consideration to an issue and consistently results in better, well-thought-out decisions and learning for the rest of the board. This is particularly important around key board topics such as Strategy and the value that better decisions produce in a competitive market”.

 – Tim Hewat, Partner, Amrop Knightsbridge

 

Women on Boards

  • Publicly support organizations promoting diversity options
  • Analyse ITAC and TSX Technology companies for diversity compliance status
  • Create a diversity registry of board-ready women
  • Organize training and recruitment events
  • Undertake or commission original diversity research

 

     > New Registry to Help Diversity Balance on ICT Boards

 

Women in Leadership

  • Showcase successful female business leaders and share their learning, advice and guidance with our members.
  • Provide a forum for members to share best practices for making female leaders successful.

 

 Women Entrepreneurs

  • Offer speaker series for women entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunities for SME women entrepreneurs to learn from senior sector leaders.

 

 Influencing the Pipeline

  • Find industry role models and mentors to support ITAC Talent’s CareerMash and BTM programs
  • Partner with Girls Raising
  • Survey members about best-practices for engaging young women
  • Work with educators and industry through ITAC Talent to promote tech savvy careers